The Colour Out Of Space
My own reading of H.P. Lovecraft's short story, "The Colour Out Of Space", published in Amazing Stories in September 1927, making it a Public Domain work in Europe.
Run time 68 mins
Plot Summary from Wikipedia;
"The Colour Out of Space" is a first-person narrative written from the perspective of an unnamed surveyor from Boston. In order to prepare for the construction of a new reservoir in Massachusetts, he surveys a rural area that is to be flooded near Lovecraft's fictional town of Arkham. He comes across a mysterious patch of land, an abandoned 5-acre (20,000 m2) farmstead, which is completely devoid of all life. At the centre of the farmstead is an old well. The site fills him with an unnatural sense of dread, and he hurries past it.
When he returns to Arkham, the surveyor asks around for information regarding the waste. He learns of an elderly hermit, Ammi Pierce, and asks him about the "blasted heath". The hermit tells him a horrific tale.
In the early 1880s, the farm had been productive, run by a Nahum Gardner and his family. Then, one afternoon in June 1882, a large meteorite crashed into the farm, beside the well. It was metallic and contained a substance of an indescribable color that proved toxic. While scientists were never able to tell what (or who) the meteor contained, its effects were undeniable—the entire Gardner family was struck by insanity, illness, and worse, whilst the land around them was slowly drained of life."
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March 4, 2010
The Colour Out of Space
This story is one of Lovecraft's best, and the gentle, melodic voice of this un-named Irishman does it full justice.
I highly recommend you listen to it. I have done so three times, and it continues to delight me.